Category Archives: Software Engineering

Well formed validation of XHTML pages

Validating XHTML pages is an interesting subject because no high traffic site I’ve ever tried it on actually successfully validates XHTML against a W3C validator. Most folks I know take it for granted that it’s unrealistic to write large sites … Continue reading

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More powerful database constraints with regular expressions

Is it just me or do you agree that we should be able to easily apply regular expression constraints to a column in a table without writing a stored procedure? For example if I want to guarantee that a varchar … Continue reading

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The time has come to upgrade to MySQL 5

We’ve finally hit the point at work where we’re ready to upgrade from MySQL 4.0 to 5. Data integrity has been a problem since I started at this job. Part of the reason is that MySQL 4.0 has an odd … Continue reading

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SMART objectives in moderation please

As a technology manager a big part of what I do is trying to help people do their jobs well. That includes removing obstacles, being an advocate when there is a problem, making sure the team is operating efficiently, ensuring … Continue reading

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Validation belongs in the domain model, not the MVC framework

In the Java world validation almost always seems to happen in the MVC framework. For example submitting a form causes some validation to occur on the form and then if all checks out the domain objects are populated and saved. … Continue reading

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Firefox web development extensions

My three Firefox plugins of choice that save me a lot of time troubleshooting and working out web development issues are: 1. Web Developer Extension: this one is a must have! 2. User Agent Switcher: I use this one occasionally … Continue reading

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Use and overuse of interfaces

Cedric’s blog entries on Extensibility the interface way, More on interfaces, and Numbered Interfaces got me thinking more about how often to use interfaces, prefixing them with I, adding an Impl to the end, etc… so for my own benefit … Continue reading

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Consistency is more important than "correctness" or using the "best" software

When I started developing software professionally over a decade ago I would readily diverge from company standards at a whim to use a new language, style of coding, favorite editor/IDE, libraries, different build process, etc… Mainly because I wanted to … Continue reading

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Fed up with Java, switching to a new language

I’ve had it with Java, too much technology to learn with Unit testing, ORM, IoC, AOP, and SOA, not to mention static typing and waiting to compile. That’s why as of right now I’m a converted .BAT programmer and here’s … Continue reading

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Static typing increases productivity and reduces errors

I’m going to come right out and say that I have a strong preference for static typing in a programming language, especially as it applies to medium and large sized applications with multiple developers. Here’s why: 1. Refactoring: IDE’s make … Continue reading

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